Book Art


Have you heard of book art? It’s quite literally, art made from books or passages from books. It can also include the creative process of printmaking, bookbinding, making paper and even the wonderful world of typography and calligraphy. So, it’s very wide ranging and offers so much creative potential.

Knowing where to start with this craft needn’t be daunting. You could begin with a book binding course. These have become increasingly popular over the last few years as people yearn for long forgotten crafts. In most towns, you’ll find book binding courses to go on, from introductory day sessions to more advanced classes.

If you’d like to teach yourself at home, maybe with a group of friends, then there are lots of inspiring books to help you learn such as, ‘Bookbinding: A Step-by-step Guide’ by Kathy Abbott, ‘At Home with Handmade Books’ by Erin Zamrzla and ‘Making Handmade Books’ by Alisa Golden.

Book art tools don’t have to be expensive. In fact, you hardly need to spend anything as book art can be made simply with paper, ink, string, card or glue. But it needn’t stop there. Book art can be made from pretty much anything, so let your creative ideas go wild! You could stitch quotes into fabric, print your own story on to paper, fold origami shapes from newspaper prints or old books, draw a series of images to paste into books, add photos or even create a book of your favourite memories.

Pinterest has some wonderful images to inspire you, as well as tutorials for making your very own book sculpture. You could even start your very own Book Art Pinterest board to capture all you find, share your own creations and to add your favourite paper craft supplies and tools. Here’s my Pinterest board to get you started.

If you’ve caught on to both the calligraphy and bullet journal craze, then this is a perfect way to show off your skills. So, why not give it a go!

Don’t forget to show all of us at Simple Stylish Makes your crafty creations by adding the hashtag #simplestylishmakers to your tweet or Instagram post.

Happy making!




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